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« Reply #360 on: July 29, 2021, 03:27:32 pm »

According to a news report on the WSR website a charter train is due to run from Paddington to Minehead in August. Minehead as the destination is mentioned more than once without any reference to a bus connection from Dunster.

Yet the level crossing works are not expected to be completed by then.

http://www.wsr.org.uk/news.htm


edit to add that the above was accurate WHEN I TYPED IT, but that the information on the WSR website has now been corrected and no longer shows train to Minehead. Connecting bus via Watchet. Also see the following post.
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« Reply #361 on: July 29, 2021, 03:37:22 pm »

The article - https://www.railwaytouring.net/the-west-somerset-steam-express-2-21 - says main line steam Paddington to Bishops Lydeard, WSR steam loco(s) taking the carriages to Watchet, with coach connections to Dunster and Minehead.
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« Reply #362 on: August 31, 2021, 04:02:44 am »

The latest news on the Seaward lane level crossing project may be found here.
http://www.wsr.org.uk/news.htm

But it is very well written so as to sound vaguely optimistic without including any hard facts such as an opening date.
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« Reply #363 on: September 30, 2021, 02:14:18 pm »

Looking a bit more hopeful WRT (with regard to ) the infamous level crossing works at Seaward Lane, Minehead.

Signs are up near the crossing warning of overnight road closures on several dates during October, and of temporary traffic signals at other times.
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It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #364 on: October 03, 2021, 09:19:54 pm »

After all the reports of infighting and power struggles, I was pleasantly surprised by what I found on a recent visit for a gala weekend.  Plenty of keen and helpful volunteers of all ages, well organised including the Minehead bus, and everything apparently well-maintained in contrast to the lines of rusting stock and the faded paint on the carriages in use that you see at many heritage railways.  It all looked very hopeful
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« Reply #365 on: October 04, 2021, 04:06:41 am »

The infighting and divisions are very regrettable, but as you point out a lot is nevertheless achieved.
A new innovation for the coming Christmas season is a number of Christmas lights trains, several of these are already sold out which must be good news.















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« Reply #366 on: October 07, 2021, 01:37:57 pm »

It seems unlikely that we will see any passenger trains to or from Minehead this year, which is a backward step to that previously expected.

It seems that the level crossing is "on target for handover on October 21" but that "handover" does not mean being able to run a regular train service.

It seems that "handover" means limited ECS (Empty Coaching Stock) and staff training runs only, with no regular passenger services expected until the Spring service in 2022.

It was certainly implied even if not categorically stated, that the Santa trains and the Winterlights services would run to/from Minehead.
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It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #367 on: November 08, 2021, 12:09:51 pm »

The good news is that that Seward Way LC (Level Crossing) alterations have been completed and Minehead station and environs are now operational again

http://www.wsr.org.uk/cgi-bin/snap.cgi?h=Snapshot&p=2021/11/007
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« Reply #368 on: November 09, 2021, 04:49:59 pm »

Completed, yes, but as far as I am aware no regular passenger trains to/from Minehead are expected until the Spring service next year.
Only limited ECS (Empty Coaching Stock) and training runs.
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« Reply #369 on: November 13, 2021, 12:46:20 am »

The webcam at Seaward way is back in use.
http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-md2.htm

Good views of seagulls, Canada geese, dog walkers, cars, and the newly installed semaphore signal.
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« Reply #370 on: November 13, 2021, 08:19:22 am »

The webcam at Seaward way is back in use.
http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-md2.htm

Good views of seagulls, Canada geese, dog walkers, cars, and the newly installed semaphore signal.
Excellent quality pictures
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« Reply #371 on: November 13, 2021, 10:59:47 am »

Just had a look, great pictures quality indeed.  Got a bit of a start when a seagull flashed past right in front of the camera.
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« Reply #372 on: November 13, 2021, 12:56:35 pm »

Agree that the picture quality is good, but there seems to be something missing from the program content ?
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« Reply #373 on: November 13, 2021, 03:28:19 pm »

Agree that the picture quality is good, but there seems to be something missing from the program content ?

National Rail Trains arriving at 08:25, 19:10, 20:50 and 25:50 from Taunton and beyond at the platform behind Butlins just to the east of the crossing, leaving at 05:40, 07:05, 08:30 and 21:00.   Heritage trains Eastbound just after 10:10, 11:10, 12:15, 14:15, 15:15, 16:15 and 17:10 headed for Bishop's Lydeard, returning just before 10:52, 11:47, 12:47, 13:47, 14:52, 15:47 and 17:52, connecting in almost all cases with National Rail at Lydeard?
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« Reply #374 on: November 14, 2021, 03:30:19 pm »

Not certain about the 25-50 ? perhaps connects with the Hogwarts express and therefore runs to magic timings. Smiley
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